The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced that it has committed to the international adventure travel guide standard. As such, a training activity was initiated last week which was designed to meet the adventure travel guide standard. Entitled ‘Raising the Bar for Adventure and Ecotourism Guiding’, the training was offered to pre-qualified tour guides and held in the North Rupununi region, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).The training included master training for four local guide trainers to lead future trainings. It was led by the CEO of Pandion Consulting Daniel K Moore, who has 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, professional travel guide, Adventure Travel Master trainer and is a trainer for the Adventure Travel Trade AssociationThe guides during the training exercise(ATTA).The core focus of the training was on how to fit naturally in the overall adventure experience, the importance and psychology of customer survive, storytelling and interpretation, and the concept of sustainable practices. However, the ultimate goal is to build existing capacity to train travel guides via elevating tour guide standards across the country.“The Guyana Tourism Authority is focused on raising tourism standards in country to meet international traveller expectations and international standard. We have formally committed to adhering to the principles of the Adventure Travel Guide Standard and implementing its requirements,” said the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis.Approximately 150 tour guides are currently operating in Guyana, conducting independent tours or for local companies and lodges. The GTA is of the view that it is important that they are quipped to provide a professional experience for tourists.Part of the course included building domestic capacity by targeting five core competencies which includes technical, medical, customer service, interpretation and sustainability.The adventure travel industry has expanded from an estimated $89 billion in 2010 to $263 billion in 2013, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 45.99 per cent during the period 2016-2020. Guyana is highly attractive to the growing number of adventure travellers seeking personal growth, new destinations, immersive culture, and personal growth.This year, the GTA became a member of the ATTA as a stepping stone towards meeting these international standards. Apart from that, the organisation is responsible for developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Guyana through collaboration with sister agencies and the tourism Private Sector.
Iker Casillas Carlo Ancelotti insists out-of-form Iker Casillas will remain as Real Madrid No.1 and he has no plans to sell the veteran goalkeeper to long-time admirers in the Premier League, including Arsenal.Spain captain Casillas was dropped from his country’s starting line-up against Luxembourg in their Euro 2016 qualifying match this week and has endured a difficult time between the sticks in recent years.The 33-year-old was widely criticised for Spain’s failure at the World Cup in Brazil and forced to play second fiddle behind Diego Lopez in the Madrid goal in each of the last two seasons, before being reinstated by Ancelotti at the beginning of this campaign.The Real boss has declared to stick by the Los Blancos club legend in a difficult period and has assured Madristas he will not discard their local hero, amid reports the Gunners are still keen on the World Cup winner.“The matter is closed,” said Ancelotti, responding to a question regarding Casillas’s future at Madrid’s customary ceremony event held at the Forum Luis de Carlos.“His future is here, it is part of the history of this club and in a few years, when he retires as a football player, Iker will come to this forum along with other great champions at the club to talk about all the European Cups he has won with this shirt.” 1